Girard-Perregaux keeps demonstrating great vitality by presenting the new Traveller collection, the inheritor of the iconic ww.tc collection.
The new Traveller collection shows a strong refined and modern style in masculine 44 mm steel cases where the alternation of satin-brushed and polished finishes enhance each detail of the design.
The opaline dial of the Traveller moon phases and large date (ref. 49650) emphasises the time indication with an effect of depth accentuated by the plunging beveled minute scale. The applique hour-markers, just like the hours and minutes hands, are picked out with luminescent material.
At 12 o’clock we find the large date while the moon phases display, escorted by the small seconds, is positioned at 7.30. At 4.30 the power reserve.
The instantaneous large date uses two disks - one transparent for the units, the other matte for the tens - which overlap without leaving any borderline.
The other timepiece of the new collection is the Traveller ww.tc (ref. 49700), one of the traveling watches for excellence.
World time did not appear until the late nineteenth century, thanks to the initiative of the Canadian engineer Sandford Fleming. Before that, each city had its own time based on observation of the sun. In 1870 Fleming devised a worldwide system that divided the world into 24 time zones, a system progressively adopted by the whole world. In 1935 the Genevan watchmaker Louis Cottier made history with a watch indicating the time in the 24 time zones.
This steel case of the Traveller ww.tc contains the self-winding movement, the Manufacture calibre GP03300, composed of 476 parts which apart from the hour and the minute hands drives a small second hand, world time with day/night indication, a chronograph and a date. The opaline dial is rich of indications but it remains easy to read.
One interesting innovation is the single screwed crown at 3 o’clock that regulates all the instrument’s functions. It has three notches to control the time settings: the first position sets the city index, the second sets the date and the third sets the time, the minute and the 24 hour ring.
The timepiece comes with three other dial options: matte black in a steel case, silvered opaline in a titanium case, and silvered opaline with a black ceramic bezel in a steel case.